Top Republican SLAMS Tyson For Hiring Migrants While Laying Off US Workers, ‘Decimation of the American Dream’

Tyson Foods, a prominent American poultry company, recently announced the closure of its Iowa pork factory, resulting in over 1,000 job losses.

Simultaneously, the company reportedly hired 87 migrants from Central and South America at its Tennessee plant, a move that has drawn both criticism and scrutiny.

The hirings took place in New York City, where Tyson staff met with asylum seekers at the office of Chobani yogurt, whose CEO founded the Tent Partnership for Refugees charity.

According to a Tyson corporate social responsibility executive, the company already employs around 42,000 immigrants and would be open to hiring another 42,000 if possible.

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Senator J.D. Vance, R-Ohio, raised the alarm over companies laying off American workers while actively seeking foreign nationals to fill open positions.

He stated, “We’re certainly going to look into whether we can change that [ability], assuming Tyson is operating legally.” Vance argued that this practice exacerbates the labor pool and suppresses wages for working-class families, claiming it represents “the decimation of the American middle class via illegal immigration.”

The story has also caught the attention of other political figures.

House Judiciary Committee ranking member Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., previously lamented that “vegetables would rot in the ground if they weren’t being picked by many immigrants — many illegal immigrants.” Additionally, Rep. Nancy Pelosi questioned why Florida would relocate migrants if farmers were in need of laborers.

In response to the criticism, a Tyson spokesperson stated, “Tyson Foods is proud to employ a diverse workforce, including immigrants, all of whom are legally authorized to work in the United States.”

The company further emphasized its opposition to illegal immigration and participation in government programs like E-Verify and the Mutual Agreement between Government and Employers (IMAGE) program to combat unlawful employment.

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The closure of the Iowa plant has raised concerns in the local community, with Perry Mayor Dirk Cavanaugh acknowledging the significant impact on the area, as Tyson was the largest employer in the region.